Action Required

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“The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into.” – Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical


Listen to my song “I Want to Follow You” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Luke 8:1-3

Afterward Jesus journeyed from one town and village to another, preaching and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. Accompanying him were the Twelve and some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary, called Magdalene, from who seven demons had gone out, Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, Susanna, and many others who provided for them out of their resources.


Can you imagine the gossip generated by this rag-tag group of characters traveling from town to town?

A traveling preacher with a bunch of fishermen, a tax collector, and a bunch of women cured of evil spirits and demons – whatever that might actually mean!

Can you imagine the scandal?

Jesus was not some straight-laced, pious, regular guy.

But despite the irregular appearance, we can be sure that Jesus had the utmost integrity and highest morals.

He obviously didn’t care what people thought.

He and his entourage were on a mission to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, a state of existence where all know they are loved unconditionally by God and are treated as such.

This was a team-effort involving all types of people including women who, at the time, were seen as property.

Several of these women were prominent enough in the Jesus movement that the gospel writers actually named them.

God was clearly doing something new and radical in that it was through action that was always non-violent.

Sometimes that is exactly what is needed to proclaim the kingdom of God in times corrupted by greed, power, and hate.

Times like now, perhaps?


Listen to the song of the day “I Want to Follow You” on the Listen to Your Heart album by clicking HERE.

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Purchase my book “Mercy Reigns: A Daily Devotional of Compassion, Comfort and Healing on Amazon by clicking HERE.

Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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2 Responses to Action Required

  1. Betty Ann Peddicord says:

    I love your music, I have all your cd and book

    • billtonnis says:

      Thank you, Betty! And I just published my second book, “Listen to Your Heart: A Daily Devotional of Calling, Purpose and New Life”, available on Amazon and from me personally!

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